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A series of interviews about life and how we live it

In this 12th episode of The Family of Things, Helen Shaw meets Vivienne DeCourcy, the writer and director of the new feature film ‘Dare to be Wild’. Vivienne, a former lawyer, began writing scripts after surviving cancer and she talks about her instinctive relationship with the outdoors and nature from her childhood.

In Episode 11 of The Family of Things, Helen Shaw’s guest is performer and accidental activist Rory O’Neill AKA the Queen of Ireland Panti Bliss. Rory talks about his memoir ‘Woman in the Making’ and his personal journey from growing up in rural Ireland to become a ‘national treasure’ as the drag queen Panti who he says has become a sort of ‘avatar for change’.

In the 10th episode of The Family of Things, Helen Shaw meets Eleanor Fitzsimons, author of ‘Wilde’s Women’, the acclaimed biography of Oscar Wilde from the perspective of the women in his life. Eleanor describes her work as ‘recovering’ lost stories of women in history and sees her journey as akin to excavating the past; bringing forth what has been forgotten or obscured.


 

The Family of Things podcast series

The Family of Things is an audio transmedia project from award winning production company Athena Media about ideas, life and how we live it. In the audio podcast series, released via RSS and iTunes, Presenter/Producer Helen Shaw talks to people about their life journey, what forms them, informs them and what drives them forward.

 
“Every week in my job I meet someone I would love to sit down with and talk in dAthena_helen-headshotepth. Often I just get to chat about the day and never get the opportunity to take an hour and explore the questions that define us. That curiosity, that wonder made me create The Family of Things”

-Helen Shaw

 

The project takes its name from the closing line of the Mary Oliver poem ‘Wild Geese’.

 
‘Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.’

 

The Family of Things is an exploration of being, what makes us human, what unites and divides us. Audio is by Amy Millar and the music, “The Old Haunt” is by Ana Gog. The series podcasts are available as short cuts via Audioboom and full length interviews via iTunes.

 

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Vivienne DeCourcy

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Vivienne DeCourcy, the writer and director of the new feature film ‘Dare to be Wild’ is Helen Shaw’s guest in episode 12 of The Family of Things.’Dare to be Wild’, is based on the true story of Irish wild garden designer Mary Reynolds who won the Chelsea Garden Show in 2002. The film is Vivienne’s directorial debut and in this podcast Vivienne talks about her connection to the film’s message, the importance of the environment, nature conservation on our planet and the connection between man and the environment. Vivienne, a former lawyer, began writing scripts after surviving cancer and she talks about her instinctive relationship with the outdoors and nature from her childhood.

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Athena Media

Athena Media is a transmedia company based in Dublin and Manchester and has produced award winning content since 2004. Athena Media also runs Podcasting Ireland, a podcasting portal and resource for Ireland. Please see our contact page for enquiries about Athena Media or The Family of Things.

 

 

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